Felix Melendez

Employee of the Month: September

Chief Instructor Orlando Millan -- 4th d

Mr. Millan started Okito America in 2007 with a vision of improving the lives of families in the Gainesville Area, by introducing them to the art of Tae Kwon Do, Kick-Boxing and Self-Defense. Mr. Millan has been involved in martial arts for approximately 30 years, with training in Special Forces. A dedicated instructor, Mr. Millan is known for his ability to motivate and instruct both young and old.

Joshua Kepner (3rd degree):

Joshua began his instruction with Okito America in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 11. He has been very involved in Okito America, beginning developing his instruction in teaching under Mr. Millan when he was 13. Joshua enjoys all martial arts weapons and has a vast collection of them that he began collecting at the age of 12. His love of martial arts was instilled in him at a young age by his father who was also a black belt in Kung Fu in California. Joshua loves to be a mentor to the kids, and adults alike, making a difference in their lives like Mr. Millan did in his. Joshua recently graduated to 3rd degree black belt in February 2016 and his goal
is to continue with his instruction in martial arts well into his adulthood. Joshua currently attends classes at Santa Fe College and plans on studying business, so he can continue building his career with Okito.

Joseph Lutz ( 2nd degree black belt ):

Mr. Joseph was the first student to start at Okito America in 2007. He practiced taekwondo for 7 years, until taking a short break. He’s recently come back to teach and continue his education towards his 3rd degree black belt. Mr. Joseph has set an example for his younger siblings and wishes to be a positive example to many other students. He has excelled in his weapons training on the demonstration team and wishes to pass on that knowledge for the future demonstration team.

Micah Gant ( 1st degree black belt ):

Mr. Micah started taking taekwondo when he was 13 and has been taking it for 4 years. In those 4 years he persevered and attained a 1st degree black belt. He’s currently a senior in high school and has begun teaching students in taekwondo. Mr. Micah wishes to provide others with all the skills he’s attained during his martial arts instruction at Okito America.

Sarah Powell (1st degree):

Sarah started Taekwondo at Okito America in March of 2014 and has actively competed in many local tournaments, excelling in forms and sparring. Sarah began instructing in the summer of 2016 and has been progressing her skills as a student and instructor since then. She has recently attained her 1st degree black belt in February 2017 and is now practicing for her 2nd degree. She is currently in the International Baccalaureate program at Eastside High school. Sarah plans on attending the University of Florida so she can study family law.